Seal Grease Dish by Joe Peters Jr. (1959-1994), Kwakwaka'wakw
”Keon Guilth” Seal Grease Dish, 1984 Joe Peters Jr. (1959-1994), Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation yellow cedar
3” high x 11” long x 4.5” wide
Joe Peters Jr. (1959-1994) was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1959. He was a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. Joe started carving at age six. While Joe was in large part self-taught, he also trained with his grandfather, Jack James, and received instruction on the basics of mask carving and design from Dwayne Simeon.
Joe was strongly influenced by Kwakwaka’wakw artists, Beau Dick and Russell Smith. Joe spent a year working with Tony Hunt and John Livingston at their Arts of the Raven workshop in Victoria, BC. His works continue to be featured in many public and private collections, which include pieces in Europe, Mexico, and the USA. Joe Peters passed away in August of 1994.